B.C. asks from Carterville, MO on July 21, 2011
Another Sunburn Question
I know there have been sunburn questions, because I have responded to some of them = )
I have done all I know to do...I have taken the vinegar baths, I have stayed hydrated, I have kept the areas in both aloe ( and I found diaper rash ointment helps too)
But I am in pain...I cannot wear a bra due to were the burn is and last night I flat out could not sleep.
We all put on sunblock but we were out in the direct sun with no shade in and out of the water for 4 hours, not only did I not reapply ( I know, bad mom...and trust me I will not make the same mistake twice DD10 got a sunburnt ear that blistered and looks like a science project and DS4 got burned cheeks and nose) we were using a spray block that was spf 50 and when I applied my own I um, missed some spots! My chest and back are so burnt its just unbearable...its been so many years since I even had a burn...how long does it take for this to heal? I cannot live endlessly with not wearing a bra!
S.S. answers from Chicago on July 21, 2011
Go or send someone to the store for a bottle of aloe vera gel. it is nasty slimy stuff lol but it takes the sting out right away. sleep with nothing on except the sheet. if you have to wear something where something like a cami top that won't be floating around catching on things. I wear one of those spaghetti strapped tops that goes to the waste. it won't take but a day or two for the pain to go away but then the peeling will begin which is gross but happens pretty quick. take a shower in luke warm water that helps also. good luck
I.G. answers from Seattle on July 21, 2011
Ibuprofen also helps with the pain and you can apply a cool compress of any sort to make yourself more comfortable. It usually just takes 2-3 days for the worst to be over - though the bra may be uncomfortable for a while, when the new skin underneath the burn is still thin.
Hard lesson I learned recently: Spray Sunblocks SUCK. My DH got a major sunburn at the beach even though he used an SPF 15 spray AND he reapplied. You could literally see the spray pattern on his back, with little flecks of skin that were badly burned and specks where the sunblock did it's job. As convenient at they are, we are going back to lotion.
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A.F. answers from Fargo on July 22, 2011
Hi B.! Use extra virgin coconut oil. It works like a charm! Rub it on like lotion. It won't hold the heat in and damage your skin and will prevent you from peeling.
Lavendar oil will take the pain away. I learned that from a few people here at mamapedia, and it works!
I hope you and your kiddos feel better soon!
L.H. answers from Columbia on July 22, 2011
Being a red head and having been badly burnt a a few times I feel your pain. I have tried a number of the suggestions below but not all of them. Some of them I am not sure I would want to try but... I have done the aloe vera and the aspirin/tylenol/advil. They have worked ok but I don't like the slimy/stickyness of the aloe gels. I happened to see on my bottle of Mentholatum that it helps with sunburn. I decided one day to try it on the back of my hand that I had burnt when I kept score outside all day at the track meet. It worked wonderful and I have used it many times since. It is slimy and greasy but works wonderfully. With the menthol in it, it cools you quickly as well as moisturizes. It does not take the redness away but will take the heat and pain away. I would try it on your son if he is having problems, it works great for the face because it is much easier not to get it on anything. (Keep it out of his eyes, it painful. Also, keep it out of the mouth, it tastes AWFUL!) When the blister on your daughter's ear finally pops make sure you keep it covered, they can become infected easily.
Hope everyone get to feeling better and that you find a few tips that work well for you.
D.M. answers from Joplin on July 21, 2011
my mom learned of pouring a bowl of 2% milk,dip a wash cloth in it and blot the skin... it did work when she tried it on me once. also,when I used to get over all burns I used to just strip down in the nude and wrap up in a wet cold towel(full sized towel) and sleep that way it makes you kinda shiver cause there is so much heat and then with the cold , but the next morning it had drew alot of the heat from my body. good luck and sorry sunburns suck.
J.G. answers from Springfield on July 21, 2011
I like Solarcaine spray so much better than the aloe vera gel. I buy it in a spray can and just have someone spray my back. I had a bad sunburn a couple of weeks ago, and this stuff helped so much! It had a numbing effect just a minute or so after I was sprayed. I had my husband spray me just before I went to bed, and it definitely helped me get some sleep.
I think the pain was better after 2 days, but then it itched like crazy for 2 days. Hang in there!
S.M. answers from Los Angeles on July 21, 2011
apply pure aloe vera gel, it is a miracle worker. Also if you're itching take aspirin. Apply the gel over and over again, your sunburn may be gone by the morning time, really! Feel better let us know if it worked for you.
L.B. answers from Columbia on July 22, 2011
The collagen in EGG WHITES is supposed to help rebuild skin collagen. Burn victims (fire, chemical, steam, etc.) heal quicker and with less scarring when it is applied as soon as the burn is cooled with water. Crack the egg, separate the yolk/white and spread the white on the affected area.
Now, I'm not sure how this applies with sunburns, but you might find it soothing...
P.M. answers from Portland on July 22, 2011
This may or may not help with the pain, but according to an article in Science News, topical applications of green tea will help reduce the amount of damage done to the skin's DNA. This is especially important for your children, because early severe sunburns are associated with skin cancers late in life. (I'm a redhead who's been dealing with pre-cancers for the last 15 years, so I wish my mom could have known about this.)
There was no dosing suggested in the article. I would just make a strong tea, store it in the fridge, and dab it on early and often. The best painkiller I ever used was straight vinegar, but it does need to be applied often to keep the sting down.